Friday, April 27, 2007

Joy Road Peace March

This is one of those things that was announced at the most recent WCO meeting, but I've neglected to post to this blog. (I'm still whittling down the size of my in-box.)

There will be a march tomorrow morning (Saturday, April 28) in memory of Police Officer Charles C. Phipps, III. Officer Phipps was killed in the line of duty on April 28, 2006. Registration begins on 8 a.m. at the corner of Joy Road and Spinoza. The march itself will start at 10 a.m. and will proceed to Joy Road and Longacre Street (2 blocks east of the Southfield Fwy.), which is where Officer Phipps was killed.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mail Bag: The Missing Blogger

After I reported that the WCO was going on a sabbatical, Rebecca wrote in to ask:
Good to know, Frank, but what's been up with the missing blogger? Don't tell me there's NO other Warrendale news... like what's the deal with the large packs (larger than EVER) of teenagers aimlessly wandering our neighborhoods?
It's nice to notice that my absence was at least noticed. I apologize for not posting much. It's not for want to Warrendale news, I've just been insanely busy.

As for the large packs of teenagers, I'm not sure about that one. However, once school is out, I'm sure they will be around a lot more.

Ranting Ove the Mail

I got a copy of Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick's Next Detroit report in the mail this morning. It's a 28 page document that is printed in full-color on heavy glossy paper.

I could help but wonder though:
  1. How much money did Mayor Kilpatrick spending on printing and mailing for this booklet to people?
  2. Most importantly, how many more police officers could we have hired if the Mayor didn't do it?
I wonder this because every time anyone complain about a lack of police protection in our neighborhoods, the answer is always that the City of Detroit doesn't have enough money to hire any more police officers.

But there always seems to be enough money for things like a 28 page full color booklet that tells me what a great job the Kilpatrick Administration is doing.

This doesn't really seem like a good idea to me. First, I'm confident that even if the booklets only cost as much as 1 police officer, that officer would have accomplished a lot more than any booklet would have.

Second, and more importantly, the only report that I need regarding the Kilpatrick Administration's progress in this City, is the one I get every time I look out my window. When I see one drug deal after another happening in our community, something is seriously wrong. When I call the police, only to be told that there is nothing that can be done about it, something is seriously wrong.

And that is something that no booklet in the world can improve upon.

30 Day Amnesty on Water Bills & Taxes

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick announced a 30-day tax amnesty program, which began on Monday, April 16. Penalties will be waived on unpaid income taxes (prior to 2005) and personal property taxes through May 16.

Last year the City of Detroit only collected 77% of the personal business property taxes owed. Once the amnesty period is complete, the City will begin an aggressive collection process. The Detroit City Treasurer's office anticipates $8 million in revenue from this one time program.

Individuals wishing to take advantage of this program are encouraged to come to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Room 136, to receive their personal business property tax information or Room 510 for their income tax information. Back taxes must be paid in person. Those seeking more information about the tax amnesty program should call 311 from a landline telephone or 313-224-INFO.

Monday, April 23, 2007

WCO Goes on Sabbatical

At their April general membership meeting, the Warrendale Community Organization decided unanimously to put the organization on a haitus until September. No one really wanted to do it. However, it has been clear that everyone involved with the WCO has put so much into the organization over the past several months that they simply needed a break.

The day of their next membership meeting has not been determined. Once it is, it will be announced on this blog.

In spite of this, the WCO will still have its annual neighborhood clean-up as part of Motor City Makeover. The clean-up will happen on Saturday, May 19 along the Southfield Freeway service drive. This year's clean-up will be coordinated by State Representative Gabe Leland.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

No More Tickets for Selling Spoiled Food

It used to be that storekeepers would get a rather hefty fine for selling food that is spoiled or past its expiration date. According to my counterpart at Detroit Undercovered, however, that is no longer happening.

The website is reporting:
Two men entrusted by the people and sworn to protect and serve who for personal and political gain are allowing party store and grocery stores operating in the city of Detroit to sell expired food items to the citizenry of Detroit. Assistant Chiefs Ralph Godbee and Robert Dunlap issued the edict calling for officers to look the other way as these business endanger the lives of the people of the city of Detroit.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

WCO Meeting Reminder

Quick reminder: the Warrendale Community Organization will hold its next meeting this Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Activities Building of Sts. Peter & Paul Church.

Come one, come all!

Mail Bag: WCCU

David L. Malhalab wrote in to ask:
FRANK
WHERE AND WHEN DID THE WCCU GO..
An anonymous reader already answered a portion of Mr. Malhalab's question in the comments section, but I wanted to expand on it a bit.

The Warrendale Community Credit Union became a part of Community Choice Credit Union in the late 1990s or early in the year 2000. If I recall correctly, they were promised expanded benefits to credit union members as well as more stability for the credit union itself as a part of the merger.

Unfortunately, Community Choice subsequently closed the location in 2004. I heard two different reasons for the closures: one that it closed because they weren't able to purchase the laundromat next door so they could create a drive-thru and the other that they were simply tired of being robbed.

As for Community Choice Credit Union itself, they are still around. Their headquarters are in Livonia. They maintain 21 different locations in Michigan, with Redford being the closest one to the Warrendale neighborhood.